1. Headline
  1. Headline

Text: We're sorry. The text content of this page is no longer available.

Video: Anthony acquittal sends shockwaves across the nation

  1. Closed captioning of: Anthony acquittal sends shockwaves across the nation

    >>> but, let's begin this half hour with how the not guilty verdict is playing out across the country. nbc's jeff rossen is outside our studio with that part of the story.

    >> good morning to you. i've been out here talking to a lot of people about where they were when the verdict came in. some people on the plaza told me they were on a train and watched on their mobile phones . others stopped their vacations in their tracks and stayed in their hotel rooms to watch it live. i was in an airport and people were literally glued to the television set. when you heard the words not guilty you heard screams, tears, gasps. not since o.j. simpson has reaction been so powerful.

    >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty.

    >> reporter: in orlando, it's personal.

    >> all that evidence led to that girl doing this.

    >> who cares for that baby?

    >> orange county , florida --

    >> reporter: as the jury passed judgment --

    >> as to the charge of first degree murder, we the jury find the defendant not guilty.

    >> reporter: as casey anthony wiped tears of joy, americans passed judgment, too. many of them mothers.

    >> that little girl 's life.

    >> she's absolutely guilty.

    >> as to the charge of aggravated --

    >> reporter: millions watched the verdict live all over cable tv . they watched on airplanes with ipads, even at the scene where caylee's body was discovered. across the country, offices came to a stand still . and at home, quick reaction posted on youtube.

    >> how is that possible?

    >> she's going to walk.

    >> reporter: what began is that missing toddler case in florida quickly morphed into a national obsession.

    >> we don't really feel like we got any answers. so it's unresolved. and what happens with things that are unresolves? we need to continue having a conversation about it.

    >> reporter: and we are. within seconds the verdict went viral. on twitter, celebrities went off. if the courts don't believe she is guilty, then who do they think killed this little baby, tweeted kim kardashian . sharon osbourne called it a disgray. and ashton kutcher tweeted, o.j. simp on the finds this verdict outrageous.

    >> i don't understand how 12 people could let her get away with murder.

    >> reporter: despite the public outpouring of outrage, not everyone is upset. some say the jury got it right.

    >> people don't make accidents look like murder.

    >> reporter: the prosecutors just didn't prove their case.

    >> they just must not have been enough hard factual evidence.

    >> you have to have the evidence to make a conviction.

    >> reporter: whether you agree or not, there is one undisputed truth, a beautiful 2-year-old girl is gone, and we don't know why. now comes the next conversation, what is next for casey antony? will she walk out of court? and if so, ann, what kind of life will she possibly live?

    >> that's a good question. here to make sense of the vurd, linda kenny baden, "headline news" contributor and star jones is a former prosecutor and veteran legal commentator, and savannah guthrie , "today's" legal correspondent. lar san lamar said this was a dry bones case. very, very difficult to prove. was this a failure by the prosecution or a weak case?

    >> both. the prosecution never had cause of death . they never proved this was a murder. they relied on, what jose said in court, fantasy forensics, a heart-shaped sticker that was never there. it was outrageous to go after the death penalty in a case like this. it was clear the jury understood that.

    >> you did the forensics so you obviously have much more expertise on what the forensics actually showed and she can't even share all of it with us although we've been trying to get it out of her all morning. i can tell you from a prosecutor's perspective they did the best job they could with the evidence that they had.

    >> so was originally then you're saying you're acknowledging that they didn't have enough to work with, savannah?

    >> yes, excellent prosecutors. tried a very streamline, tight case. they're only as good as the evidence they have. what's fascinating here is, and we've only heard from the one alternate juror we spoke to, this may be a case not only where the jurors have reasonable doubt , that's for sure, but they found some of the commentary, i'm starting to wonder whether they actually believe casey anthony is innocent, if they buy the defense theory that the baby died in the pool.

    >> she drowned in the swimming pool . i mean, i think the jurors haven't spoken and we should embrace their verdict. when we talk about using fantasy forensics and someone like dr. vass who has never testified in the united states before, you're pitting this type of people against the defense experts.

    >> you're also saying that there was an effort or there's a sense that you think the jurors had that they were not getting the full picture. the prosecution was trying to pull something over their eyes.

    >> absolutely. they kept saying the duct tape was the murder weapon, the duct tape was the murder weapon. then they didn't bring roy kronk to the scene and turns out he moved the body. he picked up the bag and things shifted around. the prosecution also introduced 84 chloroform searches which turned out not to be true. i think they lost their credibility.

    >> so is then jose baez, was he underestimated? because i know a lot of you talking about this being his first case, underestimated?

    >> as linda and i were talking about it, he kicked somebody's butt yesterday, didn't he? he ended up getting the needle out of the arm of every expert i've talked to who said the case was strong forensically.

    >> he did a competent job. the results speak for themselves. on the other hand, he was a beneficiary of these various gaps in evidence.

    >> 31-day. the prosecution is stuck with the evidence that happened after not being able to get to this baby for 31 days. that was on your client. period.

    >> but they still had to prove a case and they chose to go about it this way. death penalty murder case. she's not ted bundy . she's not osama bin laden .

    >> there's a big disconnect because what you're saying essentially is the prosecution didn't have everything it needed to work with to get this verdict, and yet the people who are watching on the outside are so stunned by this verdict. what explains this disconnect?

    >> i think what explains the disckoconnect is the difference between chatting about a case at your kitchen table, gosh, she must have done something, her behavior is ter establish suspicious. star and i agree, it is. and having the elements of a crime before you sitting in a jury holding someone's life or death in your hands, and the jurors, when they go back there and they've got the jury instructions about reasonable doubt , that's a concept they take very seriously.

    >> the difference between disappointment is not in what you get but what you expect to get. and when we as pundits in some of the cable channels give you an expectation of what's going to happen in a courtroom when you don't have the same amount of evidence in front of you that the jury does, you have analysis, you expect to get something different.

    >> short of someone confessing, is there any justice for caylee that you can see coming.

    >> there has to be a murder. there may be justice for caylee that her mother wasn't convicted for murder when there wasn't a murder. this young woman , you look at those pictures. she loved that child. yes, she should have acted differently.

    >> the crime might have been a cover up and not murder.

    >> the baby should not have ended up in a swamp. i don't care who killed her. i don't care if she died by accident, in a swimming pool or tripped down the stairs. the baby deserved better than to end up in a swamp.

    >> mean tile, as jurorses, obviously not speaking except for the one alternate juror. i believe that's the only one speaking so far. you're concerned about their safety?

    >> absolutely. i hope they stay secluded. why they thought what they thought, i'm concerned about this. when you have celebrities like ashton kutcher and sharon osbourne talking about this was a disgrace, they weren't in that courtroom.

    >> i can see why jurors don't want to talk and want to keep their private lives private because the atmosphere right now is so heated, it's so over overcharged. after you're questioned about justice. i heard a judge says the justice is done when the system works, when there is a fair process. i think we can all agree the trial was a fair process.

    >> absolutely.

    >> we're going to leave it, is.a su tu so much.

    >>> now let's get a check of the weather from maria la rosa who is in

Photos: Casey Anthony... Not Guilty

loading photos...
  1. (David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star, Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. (Dave Granlund / Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. (J.D. Crowe / Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. (Milt Priggee / Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. (Milt Priggee / Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. (Jimmy Margulies / The New Jersey Record, Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. (Randy Bish / Politicalcartoons.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  1. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  2. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  3. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  4. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  1. David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star, Politicalcartoons.com
    Above: Slideshow (7) Casey Anthony... Not Guilty
  2. Image: Kris Jenner Bruce Jenner
    AP
    Slideshow (43) The Kardashians

More on TODAY.com

  1. See TODAY’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ costumes for Halloween 2014

    As part of our Halloween Boo-Nanza, Matt channeled the androgynous “Pat,” Willie and Tamron as the “Spartan cheerleaders,” and more… much, much more.

    10/31/2014 12:15:55 PM +00:00 2014-10-31T12:15:55
  2. Matt in drag, Hoda as Yoda: See 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    No one does Halloween like TODAY. Relive two decades of awesome on the plaza as we rev up for 2014’s plaza bonanza.

    10/23/2014 5:43:31 PM +00:00 2014-10-23T17:43:31
  1. SNL; TODAY

    Mom Jeans! Watch TODAY ladies re-create classic 'SNL' skit

    10/31/2014 12:21:03 PM +00:00 2014-10-31T12:21:03
  1. TODAY

    video Party on, dudes! See KLG and Hoda rock it out as Wayne and Garth

    10/31/2014 1:10:04 PM +00:00 2014-10-31T13:10:04